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the u.s. and russia. susan, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning. intelligence reports are suggesting as this regime gets closer to falling, syrian president, bashir al assad could release sirin gas on the people there to subdue the rebellion. this would be a new phase of the war. it has the u.s. uniting with russia to stop it and some here on capitol hill calling for u.s. military intervention. rockets streak across the syrian sky as the battle between rebel forces and troops move to outskirts of the capital of damascus. jeffrey white says it's only a matter time before the bloody civil war is over. >> you can feel it. you can sense it. looks like the regime is being defeated. >> reporter: intelligence officials say chemical weapons believed to be stored at this syrian base have been primed and ready for use. >> we remain very concerned. very concerned that as the opposition advances in particular on damascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. >> reporter: so far the u.s. has been very reluctant to use military force to help the over
resume here at city hall as soon as the 9th u.s. circuit court of appeals it. they made the ruling that prop 8 was unconstitution unconstitutional. they will decide whether or not they will review the constitutionality. that is the ban approved in 2008. if the court decides to take on the issue, there would be an argument scheduled sometime in march or april and the case would likely be decided by the end of june. now if the supreme court decides not to review this today, which they could say that they're going to not review it today, well, then same sex marriages could resume experts say within a couple weeks. live in san francisco, anne makovec cbs 5. >>> public health officials are warning san francisco residents of a meningitis outbreak in new york. the big apple is seeing a string of gay men suffering from the potentially deadly bacteria since there's so much travel between our two cities, officials want gay men here to be aware and consider getting vaccinated. >>> if gay men are planning to travel to new york over the holidays for the next several weeks and think that they ma
county. >> and a look back at some of the year's big stories in the u.s. of a. we'll be right back. ,,,, . >> there is the golden gate bridge, sunny and chilly. a few clouds around. aside from that, a nice day. ,,,,,,,, ban" bandwagon... as the new year begins tuesday. . >>> one of the bay area's largeet counties is jumping on the plastic bag ban bandwagon. as the new year begins on tuesday, the new ban applies to alameda county's unincorporated areas and the cities. the stores won't be able to give customers one-time use plastic bag. instead, bring your own bag or pay 10 cents for each recyclable paper bag. similar laws are in affect in san jose, san francisco and dozens of other california cities and counties. san jose said since the ban took affect, the number of plastic bags littering city streets has gone down 59%. >>> around here, we're seeing the sun shining finally. and -- . >> i am sure that is listed on paper. i am sure when they wrote that, it looked like a good idea. >> i butchered it twice now. >> plastic bag ban bandwagon. >> you got it. took a lot of practice. >> and
. whether the u.s. enters the war in syria appears to be up to the dictator bashar al-assad. on monday, david martin reported orte the assad regime had given orders to prepare chemical weapons for possible use to put down the revolt that has been raging in that country for more than a year and a half. oesident obama said the use of these weapons of mass bestruction would be totally unacceptable. well, tonight, david has new intelligence to report, and we have three stories on the breaking news in syria. we'll start with martin at the pentagon. >> reporter: u.s. intelligence so far has not detected any emgns syria is loading chemical weapons on to aircraft, but defense secretary panetta said it appears the embattled assad regime is preparing to do just that. >> there is no question that we remain very concerned, very thecerned that as the opposition advances, in particular on hemascus, that the regime might very well consider the use of chemical weapons. ing eporter: monitoring of syrian basis like this one has picked up evidence engineers have loaded the chemicals which combine to form
appears increasingly on the defensive against rebel forces which according to israel's ambassador to the u.s. include a growing number of radical islamist. >> the jihadi presence is big and getting bigger. and the longer the conflict goes on there, the bigger it will get. >> the jihadies are an offshoot of al qaeda in iraq which ones fought a no holds bar battle against american troops. according to jeffrey white a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good fighters. they give the rebels a combat edge. they are quite willing to die, and they fight on all key fronts. they're involved in many of the key actions. these are not people we want to win. >> reporter: with the rebels making inroads on damascus itself, monitoring of syrian bases like this where chemical weapons are stored has detected evidence the assad regime may be preparing to use them in a last ditch attempt to save itself, an act the obama administration has warned could trigger military intervention. worst-case scenarios are threatening to bec
: the preferred financial institution of drug cartels and money launders. that is a quote today in a u.s. department of justice report about h.s.b.c. holdings, one of the largest banks in the world. to avoid criminal prosecution, h.s.b.c. admitted today that it laundered more than $800 million for mexican drug cartels and covered up illegal transactions for burma, iran, sudan, cuba, and libya. those nations were under banking sanctions because of human rights atrocities, terrorism, or, in iran's case, a nuclear program. the british bank will pay $1.9 billion to the u.s. government, the largest such fine in history. senior correspondent john miller is in new york following the story for us tonight. john? >> reporter: scott, it's a case that has everything: everything except an arrest. and that struck some as odd because in an 80-page document of court papers, the bank admits to almost going out of its way to act as a financial clearing house for international pariahs and drug dealers. h.s.b.c. officials listed mexico in its lowest risk category for money laundering during a four- year per
activist chen guangcheng may be in exile in the u.s. but he is still demanding change in china. in a taped statement released today, chen who is blind called on the new leader of the communist party to carry out political reforms and free jailed activists. chen's appeal comes just days after his nephew was sentenced to three years in prison. a prosecution seen as punishment for aiding his uncle's daring escape from house arrest last april. >> later new orleans firefighters helping new yorkers rebuild after sandy. she remodeled her kitchen and only used fixtures made in america. and serious civil war. rebels closing in on the capitol city of damascus. those stories when the "cbs evening news" continues. t> >> jeff: a taliban attack at a military base in eastern afghanistan triggered a two hour battle today. suicide bombers began by detonating explosives at the gate of the nato base in jalalabadment all nine militants were killed. five afghan civilians also died. nato says the base was not breached. in syria two car bombs exploded today in the city of homs. at least 15 were killed there, and
to the latest u.s. census figures about 2 60,000 young adults with college degrees in california are working in food service and retail. >> couldn't get a job in the field that i wanted to so i figured i have to start at the bottom. >> without higher paying jobs, it's that much harder for graduates to pay back student loans weapon tuition rising across the nation. >>> the holiday season isn't what it used to be for american oh. a new poll suggests a lot of people are working between christmas and new year's. the survey conducted in the midwest shows about a third of workers will be on the job in the last week of 2012. >>> one of the positive signs for the american economy has been the housing market. in november, construction on new homes was up 22% from a year ago and in california, you may be surprised at who is buying. cbs news reporter ben tracy has more. >> this is the busy time of year. >> absolutely. this is when all the games come in. >> reporter: scott meadows runs salinas vineyards in california's napa valley and there's a good reason he put that american bald eagle on the bottle.
now. cbs has learned that the u.s. has discovered they have prepared chemical weapons that could potentially beused against the opposition. right now there are no indications that any of those chemicals could be fixed on military aircraft. meanwhile the obama administration says essentially countries in the middle east have offered asylum to assad and his family. assad has repeatedly said he will not leave syria. the u.s. said he will be accountable for the battle against the syria people. >>> overnight the political turmoil in egypt has turned deadly. they have been secured to security the presidential palace. state tv says at least five people and supporters were killed when they fought in front of the presidential palace in cairo. the army used tanks and troops to control the situation. >>> software guru john mcafee spent the night in a guatemalan jail. he was arrested yesterday for entering the country illegally. he said he crossed the border from belize to seek asylum. he's wanted there for questioning in a murder. mcafee had been on the run for weeks. bee good shah bad repo
affiliated with the rebels a terrorist organization that has alleged ties to al qaeda. any assets in the u.s. are frozen, and americans are barred from doing business with it. >>> the body of the navy s.e.a.l. killed during a mission to rescue an american doctor from the taliban is on its way home. the family of dr. dilip joseph released a statement praising the s.e.a.l.'s hero im. he was part of seal team six, the unit that killed osama bin laden. it remain unclear if he was on that mission. david martin reports. >> reporter: the pentagon identified the navy s.e.a.l. killed as 28-year-old petty officer first class nicolas checque. part of a high-risk operation to rescue american dilip joseph before his taliban captors got him across the border into pakistan where u.s. forces cannot go. joseph, a medical adviser to the private aid organization morningstar development, had been kidnapped on wednesday along with two afghan staff members in the mountains east of kabul. according to u.s. officials, the taliban demanded a ransom of $100,000, money morningstar development didn't have. the taliban
purposes. u.s. says they believe it's a cover to deliver nuclear weapons. the test defies international warnings and it's likely to bring new sanctions against the north. >>> to the fiscal cliff now, leaders in washington have less than three weeks to reach a budget deal or else face automatic spending cuts and tax increases that are likely to send the country back into a recession. the agreement has been slow. president obama and congressional republicans remain split on raising taxes on upper middle-class americans. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest now. susan, good morning to you. >> hi. good morning, terrell. both sides are talking publicly about what they want. the gop pushing back against that. but privately negotiations do continue. in an exclusive interview airing on abc's "20/20" this friday night, president obama says he's optimistic a deal will be reached, and he's confident the gop won't hold the middle-class taxes hostage to protect higher income americans. >> taxes are going to go up one way or the other, and think the key is to make sure the taxes go up on h
report on security lapses at the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. an attack there last september killed four americans, including the u.s. ambassador chris stevens. margaret brennan is at the state department. >> reporter: the state department's chief of security, eric boswell, deputy charlene lamb, and an official in the near east division that overseas libya all resigned. the report called security at the u.s. post in benghazi "grossly inadequate to deal with the attack." career diplomat thomas pickering ran the review board. >> frankly, the state department hadn't given benghazi the security, both physical and personnel resources it needed. >> reporter: the investigation found senior state department officials ignored requests for ambassador stevens for more guards and security upgrades at the benghazi compound. the report also says the state department didn't have a clear picture of the security situation in benghazi and should have realized the compound was a target. and it criticized libyan militias who were assigned to protect the post. they disappeared when dozens of armed attac
weapons. ta she said the u.s. is planning to take action if there is credible evidence of a threat. she did not say whether there that woinformation that would suggest an attack is imminent. theire reiterated, chemical heapons are a red line for the ed statstates. >> i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do hatthe event of credible evidence that the assad regime hemicalorted to using chemical weapons against their own people. >> reporter: the international community has failed to peop intervene in the conflict that as killed nearly 38,000 syrians since the uprising began. e are ds this morning," margaret brennan, prague. >>> in japan this morning at least nine people are dead after it's unclof a highway tunnel collapsed. it's unclear why those massive concrete slabs broke away from the tunnel walls on sunday. smoke an lucy craft reports smoke and wi dust are interfering with rescue operations at that tunnel about 0 mimles west of tokyo. >> reporter: surveillance grimas inside the tunnel relayed the grim conditions inside. eteestimated 270 concrete toning panels, weig
supportive of the syrian opposition and is concerned about possible retaliation by syrian missiles. >>> a u.s. navy spokesman says no american drones are missing despite claims by iran that it captured one. commander jason filata says all the unmanned surveillance aircraft in the region are accounted for. other nations in the gulf including the united arab emirates have scan eagle drones in service. >>> another attempt today to salvage the national olympic league season but this time without the top two negotiators. six team owners and six players scheduled to meet without commissioner gary bettman and the union executive. it's been 80 days since the players were locked out in a contract dispute. a lot of the season has been canceled. >>> yesterday, comedian katt williams was thrown out of a hotel after being arrested for a bar fight. he is wanted for misdemeanor battery. this shows him punching a target security guard last month. the 19-year-old guard said it started with williams giving him a hard time for selling his personal motorcycle helmet and then it got physical. >> he approached me
. also u.s. and russian diplomats met in moscow again sunday trying to broker a cease-fire. as david martin reports there's growing concern that al qaeda is influencing the rebels. >> reporter: videos set to show the aftermath of a syrian air strike shows graphic evidence of a life-and-death battle, which high-level diplomats say is bad and getting worse. despite its air power, the assad regime appears increasingly defensive. it includes a global number of radical islamists. >> the jihadees are getting big and bigger. the longer the conflict goes on, the bigger it will get. >> reporter: the gee ha des are an offshoot of al qaedas in iraq. according to jeffrey white, a former analyst for the defense intelligence agency, they are now turning the tide against the assad regime. >> they are very good fighters. they are -- they give the rebels a combat edge. they're quite willing to die, they fight on all key fronts, they're involved in many of the key actions. these are not people we want to win. >> reporter: but the rebels making inroads on damascus itself, monitoring of syrian bases lik
congress about the september 11th attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, but had to cancel because of her health issues. clinton was already scheduled to step down as secretary of state next month. president obama has nominated john kerry to be her replacement. >> marlie hall in new york this morning. >>> also today is the final day of fiscal cliff negotiations. hope of reaching a wide-ranging deal in automatic spending increases and tax cuts is all but gone. spending would be reduced and cuts would be felt in all areas of the government. economies have warned that going over the cliff would cause a spike in unemployment and trigger another recession. this morning the senate reconvenes with the aim of reaching a smaller deal, one that might spare millions of americans from paying her taxes. danielle nottingham reporting now from washington. >> lawmakers are still working on it. >> i want everyo one to know i' willing to get this done but i need dance partner. >> the main sticking point between democrats and republicans continues to be over the threshold of tax increases. pr
" with scott pelley. >> good evening. scott is off. i'm rebecca jarvis. in a few hours, the u.s. will go over the fiscal cliff which could trigger across-the-board tax increases and billions in spending cuts. however, there is hope for a soft landing. senate republican leader mitch mcconnell and president obama said today a deal was close. but late in the day house leaders announced they will not vote on a deal tonight. they're waiting for the senate. so what happens now? we have two reports beginning with nancy cordes on capitol hill. nancy, good evening. >> good evening to you, rebecca. it looks like the deadline pressure finally prompted a meeting of the minds today. negotiators agreed to a plan that extends the bush era tax cuts for 99% of americans. but they are hung up on one key spending issue, and so it looks like we will go over the fiscal cliff at least temporarily. >> we're very, very close to an agreement. >> reporter: senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said his round-the-clock negotiations with vice president biden had paid off. >> i can report that we've reached an agreeme
this is a problem president obama cannot afford to ignore. a test could send a missile over u.s. allies, including japan and those in southeast asia, creating a major security risk drawing them and the u.s. into a potential conflict. rebecca. >> anna werner, thank you. now to egypt. president mohamed morsi said tonight the country will vote december 15 on a new constitution. the draft document and the president's new powers brought egyptians back to the streets today. holly williams is in cairo tonight, and good evening to you, holly. >> reporter: good evening. well, tens of thousands of president morsi's supporters took to the streets today, but it follows days of protests by his opponents, who accuse mr. morsi of behaving like a dictator. last week, the president gave himself broad new powers that he says he needs until egypt has a new democratic constitution. the panel writing that constitution rushed to finish a final draft on friday working through the night. but the panel is dominated by mr. morsi's islamist allies. and the final draft includes a bigger role for islamic sharia law and empowe
that win for him on thursday. >> san francisco bringing the st. johns red storm taking on u.s.f. 17, 16. u.s.f led by 15 but the red storm stormed back. gets the lead down to five. u.s.f hasn't lost against the opener in stanford. they won't lose tonight. 81, 65. they are five and one. usually it's jim harbaugh involved in a testy handshake. his brother stars in top five. john tried to shake hands with mike tomlin. tomlin blew him off. harbaugh said hey, i said congratulations. lebron james had a triple double but the heat were beat by the wizards. the wizards win for the second time this year. they role 80 to 38. let's go back to the hill top. mark slams an alley-oop from cody doolan. that's the number two play. number one, andre johnson the texans receiver took youngsters from the texas child protective services to toys r us and let them run wild. the unconfirmed total is $19,500. >> isn't that great. >> a great young man. >> that's a lot of barbies. that's going to give you a lot of barbies. that's a sportsman. >> well that's the story we like to see more of. sometimes guys get on the wro
on that and more importantly they want to ban several older models of samsung devices from being sold in the u.s. including the key galaxy s2 which still sells very well. >> the case is ultimately expected to land before the u.s. federal circuit court of appeals in washington, d.c. >>> meantime afternoonle's ceoism cook announced a chaim. tim cook says they will be investing over $100 million to build and assemble some apple products here in the united states. no word on where in the u.s. those apple products though will be produced. >>> had a couple of holes in the skill drilled and they pass the wires in. >> up next, a surprising new treatment for alzheimer's. a device doctors say can help keep your brain working. >>> and a pregnant princess kate emerges from the hospital. we'll hear from prince charles when we come back. hi. we'll have the weather forecast coming up. ,, [ female announcer ] for those who love sweets, your season is here. let's just call it the baking time of year. you need special ingredients. you need the staples. that's a given. you need safeway sugar for just $1.97. and th
in america. it is now the grief-stricken home of the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history. 28 people are dead, including the shooter. late today, connecticut's chief medical examiner, wayne carver, reported that the autopsies on all the children are now complete. all 20 of them were shot more than once by 20-year-old adam lanza. police have also released the names of those killed, eight boys, 12 girls, between the ages of 6 and 7. all were first graders. six adults at the school were also murdered, and investigators say they now have some very good evidence explaining what wasde . we have a team of cbs news correspondents and producers on this still-developing story. we begin with margaret brennan here in newtown. >> reporter: gflg, jim. and the bodies of those 12 girls, eight boys, and six adult women killed right here in the sandy hook shooting yesterday are being returned to their families tonight, more than 24 hour after the brutal mass six-year-old emilie parker and jesse lewis. tomorrow, the medical examiner will conduct autopsies on adam lanza and his mother. and the fa
will be off limits for adoption in the u.s. how critics say those children are victimized to make a political point. >> it is the busiest week of the season in the sierra but after two deadly avalanches this week, what's being done to keep steers safe. >> a tour of a piece of bay area property you could own if you have at least $25 million. ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, >> your realtime captioner: linda marie macdonald >>> now at 6:30, adoptions of some children abroad could come to a halt. the upper chamber of russia's parliament has voted in favor of a measure that bans u.s. citizens from adopting russian children. cbs 5 political reporter grace lee telling us the real losers could be the orphans trapped in the international tug of war. >> reporter: that's right. you know, russia's president said today he intends to sign the ban that could stop americans from adopting russian children. that could really affect familiesare either hoping to adopt or actually in the process of adopting children. and for some parents who have already been paired with a child, adoption advocates say it would be like losi
criticism over her first response to the attack that killed the u.s. ambassador to libya. margaret brennan is at the state department. margaret, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, norah and charlie. cbs news has learned susan rice privately began expressing doubts about her nomination to friends this week saying the attacks had reached a fevered pitch. then yesterday she had a phone conversation with president obama and withdrew her name from consideration as secretary of state. >> i would have been very honored to serve in that job, just as i'm delighted to do what i'm doing. but yes, sure how can you not want to in my field serve at the highest possible level? >> reporter: last night u.n. ambassador susan rice explained why she asked president obama not to consider her for secretary of state. in an op-ed she wrote, quote, a national security appointment, much less a potential one, should never be turned into a political football. there are far bigger issues at stake. on twitter she posted those of you who know me know that i'm a fighter, but not at th
in colorado, connecticut, massachusetts, new york and tennessee. it's intended to make u.s. schools more competitive on a global level. >>> cbs moneywatch now. delta considers a stake in virgin airlines and ashley morrison has more. >> reporter: good morning. asian markets were mostly higher on improved manufacturing data from china. tokyo's nikkei edged up a fraction to a seven month closing high while the hang seng lost more than 1%. on wall street concerns over the fiscal cliff appear to have been out weighed to the strong start. the dow was up 15 points finishing above 13,000 while the nasdaq added 43 points. so far there's been no resolution of the strike by clerical workers at the ports of los angeles and long beach. the strike enters it's seventh day today, slowing traffic at the nation's busiest cargo complex. dock workers are refusing to cross the picket lines. clerical workers said management has been outsourcing their work. delta airlines is looking to buy 49% stake in virgin airlines owned by singapore airlines. 51% of virgin atlantic is owned by richard branson. virgin is th
of rain on the northeast u.s. >> pelley: dean, thanks very much. wo we is a chill in washington over those fiscal cliff negotiations. in less than two weeks, there's roing to be a big tax increase americans and across the board t ts in the federal budget. the speaker of the house, and the president are trying to negotiate a solution, but prey're deadlocked on the question of raising taxes. president obama has proposed an $er taxes for households making more than $400,000. speaker boehner wants a tax increase only for households making a million or more. house is going to vote on that coposal tonight, and nancy cordes is on capitol hill for us. nancy. >> scott, shortly before that vote was due to take place house speaker john boehner announced he was canceling it with no democratic support, he needed almost every republican to get on board. and in the end he didn't e ve the votes. negotiations between speaker boehner and the white house ground to a halt today as everyone watched to see if he and house republican leaders would get the votes they needed to pass plan b, a bill preventing tax r
in u.s. history involving an automobile defect. toyota has agreed to pay $1.1 billion to reimburse owners and install new safety equipment. dozens of drivers have claimed their cars accelerated without warning. more than 14 million cars were recalled in 2009 and 2010, but, as part of the settlement, toyota admits no fault. the forecast for this year's holiday sales were apparently way off. last week, the retail analyst shoppertrak projected sales this year would go up 2.5%, but a new report puts it at 0.7%, the weakest season since 2008. we asked elaine quijano to find out why shoppers were not in a spending mood. >> reporter: the early indications are that shoppers weren't in the holiday shopping spirit this year, and some of the reasons had nothing to do with the economy. dana telsey is a retail analyst. >> whether it was hurricane sandy, the need to spend on the home; whether it was the tragedy in connecticut, and took away the feel-good factor-- it was a confluence of events that led to a "should have been better" holiday season. >> reporter: a big part of the problem was in th
, but in recent years, a symbol of u.s. capitalism became a victim of technology and regulatory changes. >>> instagram, the mobile picture-sharing service owned by facebook has bowed to user pressure and has revised its controversial terms of service policy. among them the company said its advertisers could display its photos without paying for them. instagram now says there are no such plans. >>> and facebook has a new way to reach out to others, but it's going to cost you. until now messages sent to people not connected with the social network would arrive in a folder marked other for so-called less relevant messages. now it's testing a service that charges $1 to guarantee that users' messages send to nonconnected people will arrive in their mailboxes. it would have to be a really important message. >> you're pushing it facebook. my thing is if you want to get a message, you don't send it on facebook anyway. >> that's right. you text. >> like we do, ashley. >> yeah. >> ashley morrison here in new york. have a good weekend. take care. >>> up next in sports, a surprising admission from
, the taliban is taking responsibility for a suicide bm attack outside of a u.s. military base. no americans died in the attack and officials say the bombers vehicle exploded. the bomber did not get inside the base. >> the world's longest high-speed railroad is now running in china. the first train left beijing this morning. it runs more than 1400 miles, about the distance from boston to miami. it used to take 20 hours, and now it will take 8 with the train hitting speeds of 200 miles per hour and more. the tickets go up to $470 for the vip round. they want to build a grid of trains by 2020. >>> the "new york times" says jerusalem will look at restrictions of what women can wear when they pray. >>> "usa today" says that more than 170 fridayers could be set free. they must be released or resentenced because they didn't commit a federal crime or were sentenced far longer than the law allows. >>> the health care sector is vulnerable to hackers. hospital commutersputers and medical divisions have holes that could cause hackers to get patient's information. >>> obesity may
's family will argue against overturning the conviction. >>> it could be as soon as this morning when the u.s. supreme court announces whether it will take on same-sex marriage cases. one is an appeal from supporters of prop 8, california's voter-approved measure that limits marriage to male and female couples. it was previously struck down by a u.s. appeals court. some challenges to the federal defense of marriage act are also being considered. >>> and newly elected members of the state legislature will all be sworn in today in sacramento. the assembly will go first with a ceremony at noon. that is followed by the state senate at 3:30. both houses of course reshaped by last month's election as voters gave democrats two- thirds of majority that allowed them to raise taxes if they choose without any republican support. >>> on capitol hill, there are just 29 days left for lawmakers to get together and find a way of avoiding the so-called "fiscal cliff." if a budget plan is not approved by year's end, automatic tax hikes and across- the-board spending cuts will take effect. but democrats and rep
and was deported to the u.s. he admits to faking two heart attacks to speed up his deportation. he says corrupt police officers in belize would jail or kill him. >> the people are shot in belize during robberies constantly . the fact that he is my neighbor is why this is international press. i want to make this clear for the 100th time: i had absolutely nothing to do with the murder in belize. >> mcafee now faces questioning from the fbi and the irs for possible tax evasion. mcafee also says he is now broke. >>> barry bonds' appeal of his felony conviction will be heard in court early next year. the ninth circuit court of appeals is now scheduled oral arguments for february 13. a three-judge panel will hear the appeal. the former giants slugger was convicted last year of obstruction of justice. that stems from his evasive rambling reply to a grand jury in 2003 when asked whether he received drugs that required a syringe. >>> 5:10 now. coming up, the looming threat the cyber security attack targeting major u.s. banks. >> plus, shaking up the selection process. why president obama's top choice f
to reach an agreement or the u.s. economy will go off the so- called "fiscal cliff." that's when automatic spending increases and cuts would take effect. reaching a deal won't be easy because both sides are involved in a high stakes political blame game. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies and watching the kids play soccer and basketball and doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> i told the president we would be happy to look at wah he proposes but the truth is we are coming up against a hard deadline and as i said this is a conversation we should have had months ago. >> reporter: democrats want to extend the bush-era tax cuts to everyone except those americans making $250,000 or more a year. many republicans are against any tax increases. most americans just want something to be done. >> people are just tired of partisanship and they want everyone to come together. >> reporter: if lawmakers don't reach a deal by january 1, many economists are concerned it could eventually lead to another recession. i'm
marriage issue on california are learning to be patient. it turns out a prop 8 appeal will be on the u.s. supreme court justices' agenda again this friday. but it doesn't mean they will act on it. the court has no deadline for acting on cases. the court made the announcement this morning saying several gay marriage appeals are still on the table. friday is the fourth time that prop 8 and other cases concerning the "defense of marriage act" will be on the justices' agenda. we should know by friday afternoon or next monday morning if the judges issue an order this time. >>> a federal judge is blocking the state from enforcing its gay therapy law set to go into effect on january 1. the law bars licensed counselors from working to change the sexual orientation of gay minors. the judge ruled that the rights of the therapist outweigh concerns that the practice poses a danger to young people. however, the temporary block only applies to a handful of therapists who have already sued to overturn the ban. >>> and expect to see nudity on the steps of san francisco city hall again today. the board o
streaming device is made in the usa. speculation is now rampant about what computer and where in the u.s. apple will manufacture. some see apple's decision as a pr move. one user says it's right for the times. >> i hope it's something tangible. they should intentionally think of their shareholders but also stake holders. people on the ground working on the apple phones. >> reporter: low worker wages and low shipping costs were some of the reasons companies moved their manufacturing overseas. fuel costs are up and worker wages in china have risen 15 to 20% in recent years. >> after doing some downsizing starbucks is back to brewing up expansion plans. they include yet another san francisco store at market and sanchez. cbs 5 reporter mike sugerman tells us some are trying to grind that to a halt. >> reporter: there are 85 starbucks properties in san francisco. could we 86 the 86th? >> it will change the character. >> ity it will be a good addition. >> reporter: starbucks wants to add 1500 new stores in the u.s. over the next five years. neighbors are stirring up trouble for another one pla
to a suspect in the attempted shooting of a u.s. marine. live from cupertino, i'm mark sayre, cbs 5. >>> not far away but completely unrelated a cupertino preschool was locked down while police searched for a wanted man. the lockdown at good samaritan preschool on homestead road was just a precaution and kids were never in danger. police are saying little about the suspect except he is wanted for a crime committed in neighboring sunnyvale. ed. >>> in the wake of the tragedy in newtown, president obama is demanding immediate and specific strategies to curb gun violence. and he is promising that this time washington won't just talk about it. cbs 5 reporter grace lee on his call to action. >> reporter: it is a promise and says it's divergence for this president. before the connecticut school shooting he was usually generally neutral about anything related to the second amendment. today he not only called for action, he even gave a deadline for results and he wants some answers by january. >> we may never know all the reasons why this tragedy happened. we do know that every day since, m
80% of u.s. farmland. >> it is in a word finished. >> reporter: and hurricane sandy closed the new york stock exchange for two days. it was the longest weather-related shutdown in over a century. the storm cripples fuel deliveries, leading to gas shortages in the hardest hit states. >> all day, man, it's like no gas. what are we going to do. >> reporter: in the tablet wars, google introduced the nexus 7 and ipad came out with the ipad mini. while media continues to boom, news print dwindles. "newsweek," the magazine, will continue in a digital version only. hostess brands which made twinkies, ho-hos and wonder bread shut down after a crippling labor strike. >> what is the world going to be without twinkies? >> reporter: a new intelligence report reports that china will overtake the u.s. economy in 20 years, but america's more immediate concern was the unemployment rate, which finally slipped below 8% in six years. that helped ignite a record shopping spree. americans spent a record $59 billion over thanksgiving weekend but shopping slowed closer to christmas as consumers kept an ey
cliff," treasury secretary timothy geithner warned congress that the u.s. is close to hitting its debt limit of $16.4 trillion. geithner saved the government will take steps to allow more burrough after december 31. danielle nottingham, cbs news, washington. >>> let's look now at the markets. stocks fell sharply by 55 and change. the drop is attributed to consumer confidence falling to the lowest level since august. >>> the storm that moved across the country pushing northeast through new england after plowing through 30 states dumping snow, sleet and spawning dozens of tornadoes. edward lawrence has the latest. >> reporter: the northeast is dig out from a giant storm that dumped more than a foot of snow in some places. >> it's the heaviest snow i can remember. it's shutting the machine down every time of you give it a little push. the ice just clogs it up. >> reporter: the storm started in california last weekend and crossed the country creating blizzards in the midwest and south. several people died in traffic accidents. and the roads remain dangerous for holiday travelers heading ho
. but time will tell. thank you, grace. >>> the u.s. supreme court is keeping the political world in suspense over the issue of gay marriage. justices once again did not decide today that they will take up the case. they will meet again friday to determine which petitions they will hear next year. >> it's like well we have so many cases on the docket let's just nut off until next week. no big deal and that's what happened. so it's really the dog that didn't park. it's a case that hasn't been resolved yet and we are just waiting. >> here's what's at stake. if the court denies a review, marriages could start in days. otherwise the status quo maintains until the appeal plays out. >>> the bizarre tactic john mcafee said he used to evade authorities when left belize. >>> i'm len ramirez in san jose where there was another murder over the weekend pushing san jose's homicide rate to a 20 year high. just ahead what san jose officers say they are no longer doing that could help prevent further violence. >> how muni is changing course for the central subway. how the proposed new path is paved by politi
mcafee is staying at a miami beach hotel and working to stay in the u.s. so far, he says that u.s. authorities are not trying to question him in the death of his neighbor in belize. mcafee has been wanted for questioning in that country but he insists he did not kill anyone. he fears for his life if he returns to belize. >> this is not about a murder investigation. this began on the 30th of april of last year when 42 armed soldiers stormed my property shot my dog in the head. held me in the sun handcuffed with my hands behind my back for 14 hours destroyed a half million dollars of my property and let me go with no charges. >> john mcafee is now asking the state department to expedite visas for his 20-year- old belizean girlfriend and another friend. >>> susan rice is waving a political white flag withdrawing her name from consideration for secretary of state. the u.s. ambassador to the united nations was once considered a front-runner to take secretary of state hillary clinton's post but her comments following the deadly attack on the u.s. embassy in benghazi sparked a washington
and lafayette to save $3 million. >>> the u.s. supreme court could announce as soon as this morning whether it will hear appeals on some cases involving same-sex marriage. one is an appeal from supporters of prop 8 california's voter-approved measure that limits marriage to men and women couples. it was previously struck down by a u.s. appeals court. five challenges to the federal "defense of marriage act" are also being considered. >>> the local boy scout forced to leave his moraga troop because he is gay will be honored in sacramento later this afternoon. an 18-year-old ryan andresen will be recognized for his bravery by state assembly speaker john perez as the new legislative session opens today. >>> 4:39. what went wrong. new details following a murder- suicide involving a kansas city chief's football player. >> plus a trip to seaworld for one family. the moment a dolphin bites a child on camera. >> how a husband and wife escaped serious injury after this very freak accident coming your way when we come back. ,, ,,,,,,,,,,,,,, couple inside escape with oy minor injuries. it happened jus
of a syrian chemical weapons base. u.s. monitoring of roughly two dozen bases like this indicates the assad regime has begun preparing its chemical weapons for use. orders have been issued to bring together chemical ingredients which are normally stored separately for safety, but when combined form a deadly nerve agent sarin. throughout months of heavy fighting, intelligence analysts said assad remained confident he would defeat the uprising. now the fighting has crept so close to damascus that airliners are refusing to land and syria experts say the regime may have pushed the panic button. although the syrian foreign ministry repeated today that the assad dictatorship would never use such weapons against its own people. secretary of state clinton said this about the possible use of e emical weapons. >> this is a red line for the united states. i'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the assad regime has resorted to using chemical weapons against their own people but suffice it to say we are certainly planning to take action if tha
criticism before republicans for an official explanation for the attack on the u.s. consulate in libya. >>> a new study in the medical journey suggests that obesity is killing three times as many people around the world as malnutrition. in missouri one high school looked at the problem of overweight kids and is doing something about it. seth doan reports. >> hi, brandy, how are you? >> reporter: spend a minute in the nurse's office at truman high school in independence, missouri, and you'll immediately notice something troubling. what problems are you seeing? >> we see type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, people with joint pains, arthritis, stress, anxiety, depression from being above a healthy weight. >> reporter: the school nurse told us that 40% of students at truman high were overweight or obese. two years ago she was part of a districtwide program to test students' body fat. >> it's very concerning to see that they're dealing with adult illnesses at such a young age, and you just worry about where they're going to be in the future. >> we have a major issue with kids because of wh
but did not single out any individual u.s. individuals for blame. the review board was headed up by retired ambassador thomas pickering and former chairman of the joints chief of staff, admiral mike mullen. they'll discuss their findings with lawmakers today. the panel blamed systematic failures and leadership and management deficiency in two bureaus of the state department for security measures at the benghazi compound that were described as inadequate. the report concluded that while there were no specific threats of a terrorist plot, there were several incidents leading up to the september 11th attack that should have served as warning signs. investigators also praised the diplomatic security agents who responded to the attack and absolved the pentagon for any blame, saying there was not enough time for military assets to have made a difference. the board also made 29 recommendations to improve security at u.s. diplomatic missions around the world. they include increasing the number of marine guards at each post, relying less on local security forces, and hiring more highly tr
the so-called "fiscal cliff." this is a live picture of the u.s. capital right now where the house is set to reconvene less than a half hour from now. but there are questions about how much progress can be made. andrew spencer has more on why the process steams have stalled -- seeps to have stalled. >> if there is an ultimate compromise, there will be parts of it that i find disgusting and reprehensible which i may have to swallow in the name of finding compromise. >> reporter: a rare sunday session on capitol hill. >> the senate will come to order. >> reporter: as lawmakers work on a voiding the so-called "fiscal cliff." talks briefly hit a, quote, major setback on sunday over social security benefits according to a democratic source. but both sides agree to push forward. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done. but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: vice president joe biden is apparently that person for senate minority leader mitch much. top level sources say the two are taking over talks. if nothing is resolved by midnight tax rates for all americans will increase. de
that constitutes free speech protected by the u.s. constitution. the group is challenging a provision of prop 35 that voter- approved proposition requiring sex offenders give authorities a list of their internet providers and screen names. the judge gave no indication of how he might rule. >>> police are looking for three men who tied up a san francisco family and robbed them during an overnight break- in. it happened at a home on sloat boulevard in the pine lake park neighborhood. police say the men were wearing ski masks when they forced their way in at about 3 a.m. and confronted the family inside. >> at least one of the suspects was armed with a handgun and was able to get the victims to comply and they were bound and the house was ransacked and the property was taken. >> the family had gates across the front door but police say the men got in through a window. they got away with about $500 in cash as well as some jewelry and clothes. >>> it's not something you expect to see in upscale palo alto. but buena vista mobile home park has been a fixture on el camino real since the 1920s. now the l
christmas, the second deadliest school shooting in u.s. history exceeded only by the virginia tech massacre in 2007. >> 27 people including 20 elementary school children are dead in newtown, connecticut where a vigil has just concluded in one of the town's churches. >> by being here you speak he will gently by all your emotions and your physical presence and you are sending a message to all of america and believe me, the hearts and prayers of america are with you tonight. >> remarks from a vigil that just wrapped up a scene of incomprehensible grief tonight. as the senator mentioned this grief shared across the nation. maybe you have been watching "cbs evening news," maybe you spent part of your day following this story. the truth is there are simply mow words and no way to understand it but that's what we're all trying to do. you walk down the street into a coffee shop and you can see it on people's faces. cbs 5 reporter len ramirez has more. >> what prompted this outburst of violence? >> reporter: on what should have been a happy friday in the holidays we were gripped instead by the mass
colorado. >> right now chains are required on interstate 80 east of gold run and on u.s. 50 east of pollock pines. the california department of water resources says there's been a 140% increase in this year's snowpack. >>> here in the bay area it wasn't a white christmas, it was a wet one. we saw heavy rainfall from time to time yesterday throughout the day. at times the rain came down at the rate of .2" an hour and in santa rosa the rain just hasn't stopped in nearly a month. up there in sonoma county, they have gotten 15 inches of rain since november 28th. that's more than a foot of rain in just four weeks. and the threat of more flooding is causing concerns along san fransesquito creek on the peninsula. a new layer of sandbags is on the levee along the creek in east palo alto. there's already been flooding from verbena to daphne way. some homes were evacuated after water seeped through a levee. >> we had to leave everything behind. >> we had a bad christmas so we're ready to move on. >> there is one home that's still vacant because water do into electrical outlets making it to
for same- sex marriage could happen in just a few hours when the u.s. supreme court will announce more cases it plans to take up. the high court did not include same-sex marriage in its list released friday afternoon. that left supporters of california's proposition 8 and opponents of the federal "defense of marriage act" hoping for action on those issues today. >>> a former bay area boy scout will be honored in sacramento this afternoon. 18-year-old ryan andresen was forced to leave his moraga troop because he is gay. he will be recognized for his bravery today by state assembly speaker john perez. >>> republicans and democrats are in a stalemate in negotiations to avoid that "fiscal cliff." as susan mcginnis reports, key players took to the sunday talk shows to make their case. >> reporter: the white house is already decorated for the holidays, but the mood here in washington is anything but festive. >> i think we're going over the cliff. >> reporter: if congress doesn't act, america will ring in the new year with $110 billion in spending cuts and a $500 billion tax increase leaving
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